At Tantara Farms in Springfield, Missouri, owner Clayton Lile and his father-in-law, Keith Williams, have curated nearly 50 infused balsamic vinegars and olive oils, plus organic spices and herbs, flavored sea salts and sugars, unique teas and house-roasted coffee.
The retail space is bright and organized, with handcrafted wood shelves and black accents. Sample any of the oils and vinegars before you buy; Lile and his team are happy to give recommendations.
Try the smoked balsamic vinegar, excellent on quinoa or grilled vegetables, or the Persian lime olive oil, which pairs perfectly with avocado, black beans or Southwest salads.
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25 Star Dark Balsamic Vinegar: “It’s our best-seller, crafted from the highest-quality grape must and red wine vinegar that’s been aged a minimum of 10 years. It’s a very well-balanced vinegar,” Lile says.
Thai Ginger Salt: This finishing salt adds texture and a little heat to dishes. It’s a medium-grain sea salt mixed with dried ground ginger. Try it on rice, stir-frys, Asian noodles or tuna.
Genmaicha: Genmaicha is a Japanese tea that combines toasted and popped brown rice mixed with sencha green tea. The tea originated from Japanese farmers who added rice as a filler to stretch their more expensive tea supplies. "Genmaicha is very earthy,” Lile says. “It has a nutty flavor from the brown rice. It bridges the gap from ancient tea [traditions] to how we drink tea now.”
Tantara Farms, 4121 S. Fremont Ave., Suite 116, Springfield, Missouri, tantarafarms.com